Sometimes a hobby that you enjoy doing can get stale and stagnant. This certainly was the case for Dante who weight lifted and worked out for nine years where it became boring for him. He eventually fell out of love when it came to working out in general.
He heard of Orangetheory (OT), but didn’t know much about it until he decided to take a class and saw what it was all about. He said, “The first class was a butt kicking in the best way possible! It was like an awakening. I felt great, but also felt challenged in a way I hadn’t in a long time.”
Members train at the studio often whether it’s to decompress from the day or to train for a half marathon. Dante comes in frequently because of the way it makes him feel. He feels motivated after taking class. “I know that I’m going to battle in that room, and I know that when it’s over, that will be the hardest part of my day. Everything else is a breeze after that,” he said.
“I’ve never been a strong distance runner and I’ve managed to improve every time.”
When Dante started his new fitness regimen at OT, he wanted to get into better shape overall. He wanted to improve his cardio because he couldn’t run for distance and he wanted to strengthen his core. He now works on simply improving himself by getting stronger, having better balance and continuing to work on his cardio.
“I’m a glutton for punishment. I love feeling like I got my butt handed to me and Orangetheory absolutely does that.”
Dante has improved his time on the mile run, which was a milestone for him. “I’ve never been a strong distance runner and I’ve managed to improve every time,” said Dante. He now looks to step up his rowing game and improve his rowing skills.
Everyone has their reasons for what they like about classes. Dante loves the challenge of OT and how loud and fun the music energizes the atmosphere in the studio. He also adds how amazing the coaches bring something different to the table challenging and pushing him while having fun. “I’m a glutton for punishment. I love feeling like I got my butt handed to me and Orangetheory absolutely does that,” he said.
Finally, the community at Orenco Station brings everything together for him. He loves seeing other members challenge themselves and getting out of their comfort zones high-fiving each other.
Keep Burning Dante!